Just Another Good Day on the Planet

Have I mentioned how happy I am that I'm not sending my little kiddos off to school just yet?  The thought of putting Jed on the bus to spend the majority of his day without me, his mama, leaves me with a lump in the back of my throat.  And having a rigid schedule too?!  Ugh.  Perhaps when we get there--two years from now--I'll feel differently, but today I am grateful I have both my boys to love and play with under my roof all day long.

Speaking of "under my roof", why on the very day school started did Mother Nature feel she suddenly got a free pass to turn off the sunshine?  I was sure we'd have at least a few more weeks of summer!  Instead, this week the temperature dropped fifteen degrees and we've been bombarded with a string of thunderstorms.  (Though I still count my blessings because the rain here doesn't hold a candle to the amount of rain we endured in New York.  Idaho storms usually roll in and out within a couple of hours.)  It's actually been kind of a fun change.  But Mother Nature, I'm still counting on a beautiful Fall, okay? 

The occasional rain storm has driven us to do inside things.  Today I made a brand new batch of play dough and we busted out all the trimmings.  It kept us occupied and happy for over an hour.  We rolled it, we squished it, and the boys each snitched a little just to laugh at my reaction.  They love teasing their mama already!  Good times here in the Nelson home.    
^^The giant worm atop the army truck is totally reminding me of that old movie, Tremors^^
 ^^His face!  I can't stop laughing.  A little salty?^^

Our Homemade Play Dough Recipe:

1 C water
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 C salt
1 C flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
food coloring

Mix and cook on medium heat until it forms a ball.  Voila!  Play dough in five minutes.

P.S.  If it looks like I have it all together all the time, rest assured I don't.  I totally checked out after dinner last night.  As the boys climbed (yes, literally climbed) all over me clamoring for attention and entertainment, I sat like a lump on the couch and said, "go play."  It only kinda sorta worked.  Thank goodness for a good husband who came to the rescue.  Raising little kids takes a lot of energy!  And sometimes that energy battery of mine is drained to the core.


  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe AND for keeping it real by letting us know that you "checked out".

  2. I used to love play dough when I was a kid! I'll have to come back to this recipe when I have little ones. =)


  3. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I agree that we don't have to push our little ones into anything if they're not ready. Your little boys are so lucky to have you, and they're learning from special one-on-one time and experiences with their own mom. Nothing can replace that! (Oh, and I'm usually "checked-out" by dinnertime too.)

  4. Dinnertime...O dinner time..I am sure my family misses you. I have been terrible about getting it on the table lately! Thank goodness for these good husbands of ours!


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